Four Tips to Avoid Underarm Skin Darkening
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In most situation, underarm skin darkening is most definitely not a disease – but that doesn’t mean it is not embarrassing. Like most of the things we are embarrassed about, we probably shouldn’t be, but we are and we can’t help it. The good thing about this issue is that there are a lot of quite effective remedies, be it natural or advanced procedures such as laser hair removal treatments.
What causes the darkening?
To prevent it, one must understand the causes of it. In the rare chance that it is a medical condition, it could be caused by insulin disorder, diabetes, and bacterial infection, in which cases you should consult your doctor immediately.
As for the non-medical condition underarm darkening, a couple of the most common causes are:
Skin reaction to skincare products – In most cases, dark underarm is usually a result of the skin reaction to things you apply or do to your under-arm. For example, the use of alcohol-based deodorants and antiperspirants can sometimes darken your under-arms, fortunately, in this case, all you have to do is to stop using those products.
Shaving – One of the most common causes for darkening is, ironically, some DIY hair removal treatments. Shaving, for one, only removes hair that is above your skin surface, and under-arm hair tends to be coarser and darker than other body hair. This combination means that the dark stubble, the hair left just beneath the skin, can be very visible and especially if there’s any ingrown hair. This could make your under-arm skin look dark and shadowy.
For underarm darkening that is caused by shaving, the obvious solution is to switch to hair removal methods that do eliminate the stubble, you could consider waxing as the wax pull your hair off from the root, tweezing your under-arm here does the very exact same thing only one hair at a time. For the most painless option – laser. Laser destroys the body hair as a whole and even the part that is deep down in the skin, solving both your problems at once with the longest lasting effect.
Hyperpigmentation – This is a condition where your body produce too much melanin pigment – think of it as the one factor that makes your skin appears darker. Consult your dermatologist or doctor if this is the cause of your underarm darkening, laser treatment could also help as the laser targets hair pigment directly in the removal process.
Of course, it is entirely possible that the darkening of your under-arm is simply caused by the accumulation of dead skin in that area. To avoid this, make sure you exfoliate or scrub your under-arm regularly. Do it at least 2-4 times a week will help unclog pores and get rid of the dead skin, to avoid further skin reaction to skincare products, you can consider using natural ingredients for scrubbing and exfoliation. The followings are a few natural ingredients that are popular for under-arm exfoliation and lightening:
Baking Soda – A popular scrubbing ingredient, use it with water or coconut oil, which also is known for its skin lightening benefit.
Lemon and honey – Both lemon and honey are great for eliminating dark spots, however, applying lemon juice on your skin could bring extreme dryness, and here’s where honey comes in play, it is a natural moisturizer and the second attack on the dark spots, apply honey and leave it there for a few minutes before you wash it off with lukewarm water.
Keep it airy – Sometimes the excessive sweating and poor ventilation can contribute to the darkening in your underarms too. In this case, you want to keep it airy and nice. Wear tops that aren’t tight around the shoulders/arms, give your under-arms some room to breathe.
Laser hair removal – of course, when all else fails or when you’re a busy professional who doesn’t have too much spare time between working hard and living life, laser hair removal makes a pretty solid solution.
You’re getting rid of both underarm hair and the stubbles, also preventing hyper-pigment at the same time. While this seems like an obvious choice, please make sure that you choose a reputable clinic for the treatment and request a consultation to address all your questions and let your treatment provider get to know you (But most importantly, your medical record and body/hair type.)[sgmb id=1]